David Sikkink completed his doctorate in sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has been at Notre Dame since 1999. His main research interests are in education, religion, and politics. His dissertation explained how religious and community factors shape views of schooling for children, including parents' choice of private schooling and opposition to public schools. It also showed how differences in the organization of public, magnet, Catholic and other religious schools affect parents' participation in school, which in turn affects participation in community and political life. An associate professor in the sociology department, he is also a Fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion at Notre Dame as well as the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
Sara Skiles recently completed her PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She holds Master's Degrees in Sociology and Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a BA in Psychology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Her most recent research endeavors include managing the fourth wave of data collection for the National Study of Youth and Religion for the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame, which examined changes over time in young adults' religious behaviors and beliefs, as well as her dissertation work, which examined the relationship between aesthetic taste and social network formation.
Jonathan D. Schwarz recently completed a PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. Before coming to Notre Dame, he earned an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's degree in political science and rhetoric from Wabash College. For the last decade, Jon has studied education, primarily secondary and post secondary education and adult educational transitions. His dissertation uses interviews, computational linguistic analysis, and experimental vignettes to establish the role, nature, and impact on social stratification of teacher letters of recommendation in admissions at the most selective universities in the United States.
Julie Dallavis is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology and CREO. She received a B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. Her professional experience in education includes teaching language arts at the middle school level, serving as the managing editor of Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice and the Alliance for Catholic Education Press, teaching first-year composition, and working with undergraduate students in the Education, Schooling and Society minor at Notre Dame. Julie is interested in the organization and culture of schools, the influence of faith-based schools on student, family, and community outcomes, and how and why parents choose to send their children to different schools.
Nancy Diaz is a first year graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. She received her B.A. in sociology from Wake Forest University in 2013, and stayed at Wake Forest an additional 2 years to work in academic support for first-generation college students. Most recently, Nancy completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico. Her research interests include immigration, race & ethnic relations, and Latino studies.
Olivia Hall is the Communications Specialist for CRSI and for the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. From a journalism background, she previously worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Globe as a data visualization specialist and was an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sarah Harrison is a second year graduate student at the University of Notre Dame and is also affiliated with the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. She received her B.A. in sociology from Furman University in 2013. Her research interests broadly include education, gender, culture, and religion. Her Master's thesis examines how the #AskHerMore campaign has changed conversations with and about women in the entertainment industry.